Interview with Andrew Marheine

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'd say the greatest joy of writing for me is easily the fact that once you realize you can have just the smallest effect on someone who you've never met, someone who until they read your writing may have had no idea you ever existed, is absolutely one of the greatest feelings I've ever had.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are incredible. Really, that's all I am. I'm shocked people in this world could be called "fans" of mine. That is an absolutely crazy feeling, one that whenever I think of it, I wonder how it could ever have been possible.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on two more collections, "The Nephilim Scriptures" and "Internal Sedition". TNS will feature a dual story based on Christian and Jewish theology about angels, demons, and their children (the nephilim), while Sedition will be another collection not unlike RaR and Lexicon. Internal Sedition already has a few of the most graphic and violent poems I've ever written, as well as three or four of the most positive I've ever written. Should probably just call it Roller Coaster or something like that, really.
Who are your favorite authors?
Yikes. I'll try to limit this as best I can...

Poetry- Poe, Blake, Dante, Homer, Chaucer, Plath, Dickinson, Byron, Emmerson, Thereau, and so many more. Poe by far though.

Novels- David Eddings, Paul Hoffman, HP Lovecraft, Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Terry Brooks, Mercedes Lackey.

Political- Chomsky, Nietzsche.

I read all the time and there are so many fantastic authors' names I see every day that I didn't see the day before. It's crazy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I spend my time playing and writing music, wasting time binge-watching Netflix or playing video games, working on guns, going out with friends, chasing girls, drinking myself stupid occasionally. The usual young, dumb, male things.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords or my buddies. I mean unless there's something I've known was coming out for a long time and is popular on the level that it would obviously have an ebook, I just look for it. Otherwise SW all the way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I believe the first story I ever wrote was when I was five or six, it was four and a half spiral notebook pages long (I thought that I had a NY Time's best seller) and it was roughly about a cyborg named Zythe, as in "Scythe," but with a zed, 'cause, ya' know, that shit's cool. I guess it sounded like a good idea at the time...
What is your writing process?
I don't really have one for poetry. When I write lyrics, i go through about 6 pots of coffee in a night until they're absolutely done. I won't change them until i learn them all and scream them into a microphone the next practice. For poetry, I usually get one line come to me out of nowhere pretty frequently and then roll with it. "Hidden Meaning" took me an hour because there's a secret message hidden in the entire thing split by letters, and "The Well Was Poisoned" took 3/4's of an hour to write while on the way to NY to see my cousin graduate West Point. Other than that, nothing has taken me more than 20-30 minutes to write. I go back and edit, but I guess my "process" is having a line I think is pretty cool come out of nowhere and just adding to it until I feel it's done.
Describe your desk
My desk is white surprisingly, given 99% of what I own is black. No cliches, it's always been my favorite color. Anyway, It has my laptop resting toward the back of it, usually off when I'm writing, a cup full of pencils and pens, and a coffee pot.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I don't know that anywhere I've spent time has influenced me in any way. I'm very much more centered on logical and rational thought than i am with any location. I also moved around a lot as a kid so tons of new places didn't really effect me. I suppose I can grant that it has given me access to new cultures, new food, and let's not forget, new accents and words to use in poem R&D.
When did you first start writing?
I believe I learned to read and write at for or five, but I definitely remember I wrote all the time by the age of 6. And Lord have mercy, my handwriting still isn't any better than it was then.
Published 2014-10-15.
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Requiem and Revelation
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,990. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The melodic and melodramatic ravings, scribbling, and scripture of a weak, angry, and fearful individual. There are a few notable points where optimism's existence could be argued, the rest however, is abysmal.
Price: Free! Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The darkness reigns here, emotions and mentalities are questioned. If you like dark poetry, this is for you.